Oh man, Sacramento is hot! Before we moved here, the first thing people would say when we mentioned this place was, "It's so hot there!" They weren't lying. I thought that after living in L.A. I'd be fine with the heat. Nope. It's way hotter here. This weeks forecast is all 90's with a couple days reaching 100. It's not even summer yet! Lord have mercy.
We have been trying to get our backyard and patio summer ready, so that we wont have to be cooped up inside with the air blasting all day. We have a tree in our backyard that provides a lot of shade. However, I'm not a big fan of sitting on grass, even with chairs, because I don't like all the bugs that come along with that. We've been hitting up a lot of places looking for outdoor furniture, but it is really really pricey.
The first thing we did was buy a grill. When we were living in Hawaii for a few months, we took advantage of having access to a grill and used it about 3 times a week. We have put it to good used since buying it. Grilling reminds me of growing up in the Midwest, which makes me really happy.
We ended up going to Ikea and finding everything we needed at a reasonable price. Every time we buy something from Ikea I always utter the phrase "Never again!" because I really dislike putting together furniture. But Cat took the bull by the horns on this one and put together our entire seating area. I just crushed all the boxes and stood by for emotional support. We also bought our big umbrella from there. That thing is already one of my favorite purchases. Sweet Relief from the blazing sun!